₹7 lakh crore being spent on building green express highways’: Nitin Gadkari. The government is spending an amount of ₹ 7 lakh crore on building green highways using modern technology that will provide smart transport and reduce pollution, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.
Of these, ₹ 1 lakh crore Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is likely to be completed within a year while the Delhi-Meerut Expressway will be launched in a month or two, the Minister of Transport and Roads said at an event organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce here.
He said at the National Focus on the are using l 7 lakh crore to build environmentally friendly roads. This … will reduce air pollution, traffic congestion and reduce travel costs,” he said at the National Focus on Green Infrastructure Conference.
He said these were built with state-of-the-art technology and advanced engineering to provide intelligent roads while caring for the environment and conserving the environment with the aim of reducing greenhouse pollution.
The premier has set a target of wokuba 111 lakh crore under the National Infrastructure Pipeline and it will be the government’s attempt to embrace a greener path and “development without destruction,” the minister said.
With 22 green road corridors, the new Delhi-Mumbai Expressway upgrade will reduce travel time between major cities to 12 hours by car compared to the current 40 hours, he said.
The minister added saying that 60 per cent of this 1,300 km project has been completed and we are trying to complete it within a year, adding that the first phase of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway project will have 8 lanes and the second phase 12.
A separate power line would be built on it, he said, adding that within a year electric trucks would be available.
Gadkari said the implementation of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra project could start in two to three months and the pipelines are, 4,063 crore Delhi-Faridabad-Sohna projecting highway and 000 4,000 crore Ahmedabad-Dholera.
Regarding Delhi, Gadkari said projects costing ₹ 60,000 crore are being used to reduce air pollution in the country’s capital and said ₹ 10,000 crore Dwarka-Express Highway is “an engineering miracle”.
He said the 50 per cent project had been completed on a 30 km one-line project with flyovers.
The Urban Extension Road-II (UER-II) project in Delhi has also been canceled, Gadkari said.
Gadkari said that the Delhi-Meerut will be open in one to two months and will reduce the time to Meerut from Delhi to 45 minutes from the current four hours.
The minister said with the completion of the Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun project, travel time between Delhi and Dehradun will be reduced to two hours and is “a promise and not a proclamation.”
He said that the projects will also ensure that Delhi travels to Chandigarh in 2 hours and Delhi goes to Haridwar in 2 hours.
The minister said Chardham’s 000 12,000 crore crore project to provide climate connectivity in Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath will be completed and will improve tourism in Uttarakhand.
In addition, the 12,000 crore Raipur-Visakhapatnam project and the cr cr cr crore Bengaluru Ring Road project will be prioritized outside Surat-Ahmedabad, Durg-Raipur, Chennai-Salem.
The minister expressed confidence that the pace of national highway construction would reach 40-km per day in March.
He said the department had already exceeded the target of building 11,000 kilometers of highways this financial year and to date had built 12 205 kilometers which translates to 34 kilometers per day.
Also, he said the center has signed a USD 500 million contract with the World Bank for the construction of safe and green corridors in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
He also warned the cement and steel industry not to give in to the box trouble and said he was “not happy about the steel and cement industry”.
He noted that the emphasis was on using new materials such as jute, coir, plastic, rubber and more.
To ensure that tariffs could reach ₹ 1,34,000 crore over the next three to four years, he said ₹ 10,000 crore was lost due to COVID-19 but by the end of March, toll collections could reach ₹ 31,000 crore.
He said as part of automation, GPS-enabled payments are being set up where billing will be deducted depending on the actual distance traveled by the car via GPS.